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Regional Technical Officer (Migration)

Copenhagen (Denmark)

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Social Affairs
    • Migration
  • Closing Date: 2021-11-04

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The Division of Country Support, Emergency Preparedness and Response (CSE) supports the development and delivery of WHO's strategic engagement portfolio in Member States with and without country offices. It aims to maximize WHO's impact in countries by helping them realize their health and development ambitions and strategies in line with the European Programme of Work (EPW) and the Sustainable Development Goals(SDG). CSE recognizes that each country is different and needs tailored collaboration. The Division works by bringing people and units together across WHO divisions, offices and key partners. The Division has the principal function to develop mechanisms that help the organization understand, strategize, implement and connect for country impact. In this, it focuses ongathering, analyzing and presenting information for country impact; developing,tracking and refining strategic country engagement plans; supporting programme implementation in countries; and facilitating effective collaboration and networks within the organization and with countries and partners. This includes working with partners and Member States to manage and respond to the health needs of refugees and migrants, with a focus on access to health services and on preparedness for refugee and migrant influxes. CSE operates in particular proximity to Country Offices and provides opportunities for frequent mobility between assignments in the Division and in countries (in particular for team lead positions). Individual technical officers will have -in addition to their specific technical focus- a geographic responsibility by virtue of being a focal point for a limited number of country offices, for which they will provide support across all technical areas covered by CSE.

The Division houses the WHO Health Emergencies Programme (WHE) that provides technical guidance and operational support to prevent, prepare for, detect, rapidly respond to, and recover from outbreaks and emergencies. WHE assists countries to contain and mitigate the risk of high-threat diseases and infectious hazards; to detect and assess emergency health threats and inform public health decision-making; and to respond rapidly and effectively to emergencies under a coordinated Incident Management System. It ensures WHO's work in emergencies is effectively managed, sustainably financed, adequately staffed and operationally ready to fulfil its mission. Its hub-and-spoke structure ensures country-specific and inter-country activities in priority countries.

The Country Implementation Support unit facilitates the determination of capacity and resource needs for implementing WHO's strategic plans for countries, as well as the provision ofintegrated technical and operational support - focusing in particular onsupporting the implementation of complex, multi-country projects on selectpriority issues such as migration. The unit is key to the maximizing WHO's presence in countries with and without offices by facilitating appropriate and sustainable modalities for country support. Main deliverables of the unitinclude: individual country presence plans, based on a broader country engagement strategy for the Region; facilitating cross cutting county response modalities (e.g. by regional response teams); project implementation support (initially focused on EU projects); and coordination and support of the Regional Office portfolio on migration. Within the Regional Office, the unit collaborates most closely with the Division of Business Operations on issues related to the sustainable financing of country operations and human resources, and with the Regional Directors' Division and the WEU Office on relations with external project partners, in particular the EU.


The Technical Officer will have the overall technical responsibility to lead the regional programme on migration health with clear emphasis on country implementation for impact. This will include the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of technical activities with country focus at the regional level and in countries.

Key duties:

1. Provide technical coordination of the migration health programme of work at Regional and country level, in close partnership with country offices and national partners, ensuring delivery and impact in countries

2. Provide strategic support, guidance, and technical expertise to developing migration policies in alignment with the Regional Strategy and Action Plan, European Programme of Work and national health and development plans in countries ensuring that human rights and gender equality perspective are incorporated

3. Identify good practices, develop tools, support packages and methodologies for wide dissemination and adaptation in priority countries and provide direct technical assistance to countries by preparing and leading country missions and policy dialogues on migration health

4. Act as regional focal point for key partners in the migration health field including WHO HQ, WHO Regional Offices, liaise with partners such as IOM, UNHCR and forge partnerships and collaborations relevant to migration health, support and expand existing regional and sub-regional networks

5. Conduct capacity building of the regional and country teams in global and regional migration health policies and their tailored implementation at country level

6. Promote and advocate the inclusion of refugees and migrants in health care provision as a contribution to achieving universal health coverage through effective communication and awareness raising

7. Support business intelligence and strategic planning at country level related to the migration health policies in close cooperation with country teams and national partners

8. Develop migration health related innovative projects with country focus for resource mobilization with global, regional and national partners and donors

9. Support governance and coordination processes for development of new regional frameworks, strategies and action plans such as consultations, preparatory and high-level meetings and policy development and formulation

10. Perform allother duties as requested



Essential: University degree (Master's level) in Political, Social, Health Sciences,Management or any other field relevant to the position.
Desirable: Additional university degree and/or diploma in any of the above fields. Specificqualifications in migration policies.


Essential: At least 7 years of professional experience in development andimplementation of public health programmes at national and international level,including demonstrated work experience focused on migration policy andprogramme development.
Desirable: Relevant experience within WHO, the United Nations or other internationalorganizations.


Demonstrated knowledge of migration policies, their development and implementation at country levelDemonstrated knowledge of the public health and inter-sectoral approach to produce results to drive the impact in countriesDemonstrated understanding of the complex interrelationships offactors which impact on migration health in the European region and itscountriesDemonstrated sensitiveness to cultural andsocio-political realities of other countries, health diplomacyAnalytical skills and ability to work under thepressureEmotional awareness; Ability to identify and harness one's emotions andapply them to tasks; and the ability to manage emotions, which includes both regulating one's own emotions when necessary and helping others to do the same.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Producing results
Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond

Use of Language Skills



WHO salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 74,913 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, and currently amounts to USD 4095 per month for the duty station indicated above. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.


  • This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level
  • Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
  • A written test may be used as a form of screening.
  • In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.
  • Staff members in other duty stations are encouraged to apply.
  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
  • WHO prides itself on a workforce that adheres to the highest ethical and professional standards and that is committed to put the WHO Values Charter into practice.
  • WHO has zero tolerance towards sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct (i.e., discrimination, abuse of authority and harassment). All members of the WHO workforce have a role to play in promoting a safe and respectful workplace and should report to WHO any actual or suspected cases of SEA, sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct. To ensure that individuals with a substantiated history of SEA, sexual harassment or other types of abusive conduct are not hired by the Organization, WHO will conduct a background verification of final candidates.
  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
  • WHO has a mobility policy which can be found at the following link: Candidates appointed to an international post with WHO are subject to mobility and may be assigned to any activity or duty station of the Organization throughout the world.
  • Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.
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